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AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL



  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

  5. CONSENT AGENDA

    The following items are considered to be routine by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the Agenda.


    * Items 6A - Approval of City Council Minutes

    A. August 16, 2012 City Council Minutes 


    * Items 8A-D - Petitions and Communications

    A. Request from Pete’s Tap for Use of City Property for a Hog Roast

    Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from Pete’s Tap located at 1820 Angle Street for the use of city property (parking lot) for a hog roast on September 15, 2012 from 3 p.m. to midnight. The event is expected to draw approximately 50 people.


    * Items 12A-F - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – August 6, 13 & 20, 2012

    B. Zoning Board of Adjustment – August 7, 2012

    C. Airport Advisory Commission – July 23, 2012


    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $2,598,052.32 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Golf Course Irrigation Project

      This public hearing concerns the proposed Golf Course Irrigation Project. The current irrigation system at the golf course has outlived its useful life and is beginning to fail. The proposed project will basically replace the old single row hydraulically controlled system with a modern double row electrically controlled system. The new system will allow for more efficient and effective watering of the fairways. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

    1. Resolution Approving the Final Plat for the Miller-Deahr Farm Subdivision in Muscatine County 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the final plat for the Miller-Deahr Farm Subdivision in Muscatine County. The four-lot subdivision is located in Muscatine County but within two miles of the city limits. If approved, the northern two lots will be sold to the adjoining property owner, but all four lots will remain for agricultural use. The subdivision will not require the extension of any public improvements and fronts an existing county road. The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved this request.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on Vacation of Public Right-of-Way Remnant in the City of Muscatine 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the vacation of a public right-of-way remnant in the City of Muscatine. Salvatore and Stephanie LoBianco recently purchased a 3.94-acre parcel located off Myrtle Lane. They are requesting the city vacate, sell and transfer to them a 10’ wide access remnant that will allow for the extension of utilities to the property they recently purchased. The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved this request. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. First Reading of an Ordinance Revising Title 7 Police Regulations, Chapter 18 Snow Emergency Regulations 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is the first reading of an ordinance revising Title 7 Police Regulations, Chapter 18 Snow Emergency Regulations. When a Snow Emergency is declared, on-street parking is limited in order to allow plows to access and clear the entire street during a winter storm. This revised ordinance will affect those who park their vehicles on the streets of Muscatine outside the Central Business District.

      Is there a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance as submitted?

    2. Resolution Approving the Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, Cost Estimate and Setting the Bid Opening Date for the Golf Course Irrigation Project 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Accepting Easements for the 2012 Mad Creek Sewer Extension Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution accepting easements for the 2012 Mad Creek Sewer Extension Project. This project is planned to begin this year and run through the next construction season. In order to complete the work, temporary and permanent easements from five property owners must be acquired by the city. Negotiations have been completed for the required easements.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Approving Purchase of Right-of-Way for the 2012 Harrison Street Extension Parking Lane Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the purchase of right-of-way for the 2012 Harrison Street Extension Parking Lane Project. This project is nearing completion. Negotiations with FBF Rental led to a purchase agreement that allowed the city to move forward on the construction of a drop-off lane behind Colorado Elementary School. It is now necessary to make final payment to the property owner.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Setting Public Hearing for the Mad Creek Sewer Extension Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing for the Mad Creek Sewer Extension Project. The city has partnered with Ripley’s Inc. to extend sanitary gravity sewer from Park Avenue West to Ripley’s Mobile Home Park. The mobile home park is under court order to modify their existing failing lagoon system to meet regulations established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Options to extend this sanitary sewer were reviewed, including a pump station, but the recommendation from staff and engineers focused on utilizing gravity flow to the existing Mad Creek line. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This public hearing will be held on September 20, 2012 at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Accepting Easements for the Cedar Street Reconstruction Project – Phase II 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution accepting easements for the Cedar Street Reconstruction Project – Phase II. The city began a three-phase reconstruction of Cedar Street from Parham Street to Houser Street in 2011. The various phases included the extensions of the Papoose Creek culvert under Cedar Street at its intersection with Wood Creek Lane and an extension near the Stonebrook Drive/Cedar Street intersection; utility upgrading and replacement; construction of passing lanes; bicycle/pedestrian walkway construction on the north side of Cedar Street and other work. Temporary and permanent easements and right-of-way acquisitions will be needed for the work. Iowa DOT procedures will be followed in this process.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted?

    7. Request from Police Department to Declare Old Light Bar Equipment as Surplus 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Police Department to declare one of the department’s old light bars as surplus. This light bar was replaced with a newer LED light bar. If declared as surplus, this light bar would be donated to Shooting Star, which is a new indoor range, who has offered the Police Department use of their facility during inclement weather.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    8. Request Approval of Agreement for Wood Mulching at Compost Site 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve an agreement for wood mulching at the Compost Site. In October 2011 the city entered into an agreement with Complete Ground Maintenance (CGM) of Davenport to mulch brush and trees and to handle the excess material at the Compost Site. Due to a change in ownership and legal issues, staff gave a 30-day notice to CGM to end their contract on July 20, 2012. Staff is now recommending the approval of an agreement with Country Stone of Milan, Illinois, to provide the same services as outlined in the previous agreement with CGM. This agreement would allow Country Stone to remove excess materials from the Compost Site and in return, Country Stone would provide wood mulching and screening of compost. There is no monetary value for this exchange of services.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request to Declare Property as Surplus 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to declare property as surplus. The city periodically declares excess property as surplus in order to make it available to the public for purchase. An online auction service known as Public Surplus is used to dispose of property and equipment.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    10. Request Approval to Install a Handicap Parking Stall at 522 Mulberry Avenue 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the installation of a handicap parking stall at 522 Mulberry Avenue. The city’s Traffic Committee received a request from the Hy-Vee Health Care located at 522 Mulberry Avenue to install a handicap parking stall in front of their store. Customers of Hy-Vee Health Care are often elderly and/or disabled and designating a space in front of the building would assist these individuals when they need products or services from the business. It is the Traffic Committee’s recommendation this request be approved.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    11. Request to Approve Purchase of Truck for Park Maintenance 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the purchase of a truck for Park Maintenance. Six bids were received with the low bid from Deery Bros. in an amount not to exceed $16,693 for a Silverado 1500 truck. There is $17,000 budgeted for this purchase.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    12. Request from Police Department to Declare Wrestling Mats as Surplus 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Police Department to declare wrestling mats as surplus. These mats were from the YMCA and were originally going to be used for training of Defensive Tactics. The high school wrestling room is used for this training. The Police Department would like to donate the wrestling mats to the Muscatine Boxing Club once they are declared as surplus.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted?

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $2,598,052.32 be approved and that the City Council authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to issue warrants for the same. It should be noted that this listing is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  14. COMMUNICATIONS - COUNCIL MEMBERS 

  15. OTHER BUSINESS 

    1. Request to go into Closed Session Per Iowa Code 21.5 to Discuss Property Acquisition and Pending Litigation with Potential Action to Follow the Closed Session 

  16. ADJOURNMENT

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